What is a sum in Excel?
SUM() is a function within Excel which adds up the values of the
cells that are passed to it. You can pass individual cells, a list
of cells or a range of cells. e.g.
=SUM(A1) returns the same value as the cell A1
=SUM(A1,B2) return the sum of A1 + B2
=SUM(A1:B2) returns the sum of the range A1:B2
Ranges are effective squares of cells, so the range A1:B2 is a small 2x2 square consisting of A1, A2, B1 and B2.
SUM is the name of an actual function. It totals up values. So they are the same thing. There is no function called total in Excel, but it is a general term we use in describing what the SUM function can do. SUM is the name of an actual function. It totals up values. So they are the same thing. There is no function called total in Excel, but it is a general term we…
Sum is a mathematical term that is more commonly used than totals. A SUM function is found in all spreadsheet applications, not just Excel. There were other spreadsheet programs in existence before Excel and they used Sum, so Excel was following the standard. The SUM function is actually capable of doing lots of other things, as you can enclose any calculation in its brackets, though it is generally best to reserve SUM for summing a…
Will the Excel auto-sum function automatically find the sums of several columns in a range and put the currect sum below each column?
SUM is a built-in function with Excel that has been specially designed to sum a range of cells. It just needs to know what the cells are and then it can add them all up. The method of doing that has been programmed into Excel by its developers. This leaves us with the simple task of using the function without needing to know the specifics of exactly how it does it. SUM is a built-in…